AlasLavinia wrote:Don't be an asshole. Do you think a man would ever post "OH HEY GUISE I will be 30 when I finish law school and I will have a kid, will I be a liability?"
No. Having a child, at whatever age you choose to do so, whatever gender you are, increases career motivation.
I will be 32 when I finish next year. If I had a kid (which I plan to), I would only want to work harder and longer, to provide for it.
Also: It is incredibly unethical to create a false impression about your sexual identity during the interview process.
#1) Yes, it shouldn't make a difference if you have a kid or not, but don't be naive. I have heard plenty of stories about job discrimination based on whether someone was male/female, married, gay, etc. Yes, it's wrong, but all I wanted to know was if people thought there was significant discrimination against women who started law in their thirties. And having kids may increase motivation, but it's also certainly a huge commitment of time. Even at the company I used to work at (not in the legal field) people almost always assumed that when a woman became pregnant she was going to leave, and a lot did. I have no intentions of doing this. Don't call me an asshole for asking about the prevalence of discrimination in a particular career that is already incredibly competitive.
#2) I don't think anyone was serious when they suggested creating a false impression about one's sexual identity. Relax.